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Chris Clark

Thesis Advisor: Tim Starr

Year entered: 2012

Degrees received:
B.A., Castleton State College, Castleton, VT 2008

Honors and Awards:

  • 3M Scholarship and Fellowship Award, 2012 - 2016
  • MICaB travel award, Fall 2015
  • Norm Wells Fellowship (MNCCRF)

Forward genetic screens using the Sleeping Beauty transposon as an insertional mutagen have facilitated the discovery of novel cancer genes. Using tissue specific screens, the Starr lab has identified many candidate colorectal and lung cancer driver genes. My thesis research will be focused on validating promising candidate genes and defining their role in tumorigenesis. In the long term, understanding how the disruption of these candidate genes leads to the development of cancer could provide the opportunity to develop targeted cancer therapies.